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Los Angeles

St. Francis Dam Disaster

July 25, 2021

A group of people and their car stand dwarfed by the shattered remains of the St. Francis Dam. (Bettmann Archive/Getty Images) In 1926, the St. Francis Dam began providing water to the growing...

How The Hollywood Sign Became An Icon

July 7, 2021

A sign advertises the opening of the Hollywoodland housing development in the hills on Mulholland Drive overlooking Los Angeles, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, circa 1924. (Und...

How Tire Companies Supposedly Sabotaged LA's Early Tran...

April 19, 2021

"Red Car" of the Pacific Electric. (Oleknutlee/Wikimedia Commons) To efficiently get around Los Angeles, you have to drive a car, but it wasn't always like th...

Los Pobladores: The 44 Mexican-Indigenous People Who Fo...

September 4, 2020

Los Angeles is a city of constant reinvention. There's the past that the city remembers and the past that the city rewrites until the real story is forgotten...

The Grim Sleeper: A Serial Killer Who Was Caught By A S...

June 23, 2020

Beginning in the 1980s, a serial killer stalked the women of South-Central Los Angeles for nearly two decades. The Grim Sleeper, known as Lonnie Franklin to ...

7 Insane Things You Didn't Know About the Black Dahlia ...

October 9, 2019

Whether you're a hardcore crime fanatic or just your average Jane with a penchant for the macabre (hey, no judgement), you've surely heard of Elizabeth Short...